WYBL 14s open state tournament play in Emporia

The Williamsburg Youth Baseball League 14-and-under all-star team lost its Babe Ruth state tournament opener Thursday 9-5 against Augusta in Emporia.

Williamsburg grabbed an early 2-1 lead in the second inning when Travoz Harrold, Jack Salamy and Ethan Trahant all put base hits into the outfield. One run scored when Kyler Resnick hit into a fielder's choice that erased the runner at second but allowed Salamy to score. Daniel Gonzalez then slapped a base hit to the outfield that brought home Trahant.

A rash of walks and a hit batter in the bottom of the second loaded the bases for Augusta. That set up another walk, and then a couple of base hits. Williamsburg went quietly in the third, but then Travoz Harrold and Jacob Chew combined to strike out the side in the bottom of the frame on just 11 pitches.

Travoz Harrold and Jack Salamy then cracked base hits, and then Harrold scored on a line shot by Josh Yanez. Branko Jaworksi plated two more to keep the line moving, and Jed Volkman added a final hit to center.

With three well-earned runs on five solid hits, Williamsburg had cut the deficit to 6-5.

Williamsburg then ran into some bad luck in the fifth. Augusta loaded the bases on three straight hits, and got a run across the plate on a groundout to second. A groundout to the pitcher followed for the second out, and the next batter hit an easy grounder to second for what could have been the third out.

The base runner screened the fielder, the ball got through, and two more runs came in. The next hitter grounded out to short to end the threat, but the damage had been done, and Augusta was up 9-5.

Williamsburg got base runners into scoring position in the fifth, but could not score, and did not mount a serious challenge in the final two innings despite solid hits by Trahant and Chew.

Seven different Williamsburg batters (Chew, Harrold, Salamy, Trahant, Jaworski, Gonzalez, and Volkman) banged out 10 hits in the contest.

Williamsburg needed to win two games on Friday to stay alive at Meherrin River Park.

The team took both halves of a doubleheader on July 8 in Newport News against the 13-15 year-old Denbigh all-stars.

Williamsburg won the first game 20-5 behind strong pitching from Salamy and Harrold.

Williamsburg then took the second game 7-5 with Jacob Chew shutting down Denbigh in the early-going.

Jacob Chew, Isaac Tucker, Tyler Martin, and Yanez led the way for the offense with three hits each.

12s

The WYBL's 12-year-old (60-foot base paths) squad bowed out in the Cal Ripken Southeast Regional in Clemmons, N.C. near Winston-Salem Thursday with a 7-1 defeat to Indian Trail of North Carolina.

Williamsburg topped Indian River, Fla. 17-4 in the first round before a 16-15 loss to Southwest, N.C. in that dropped it to the loser's bracket.

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